Neighborhood watch forming in Canton
A Canton resident seems to be getting a jumpstart on New Year's resolutions: he is seeking to cut down on crime in the borough in 2013.
Borough resident Mark Elmstrom has taken the lead in the effort to form a neighborhood watch in Canton Borough next year.
An organizational meeting for the watch will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3 at the Canton Ecumenical Church at 43 North Center St. in Canton. The public is invited.
Elmstrom said he received approval from the borough office and borough police Doug Seeley to form the "Canton Area Neighborhood Watch."
He said the purpose of the watch is "to cut down on the crime that is going around in Canton."
Elmstrom is enthusiastic about taking the reins in organizing the watch.
Elmstrom said he urges people to show up to the meeting.
He said the watch has been in the works for about two to three months.
Elmstrom said the police chief told him to "go for it."
"I'm definitely going to go for it," he commented.
He said the watch could involve people walking around the borough, and "keeping an eye out" for crime and reporting it to the police.
Elmstrom said a lot of people are interested in forming a watch.
"They said, 'we definitely need it, there's a lot of crime in Canton,'" he said.
Elmstrom said he will attend the next borough council meeting and will talk about the watch.
He said he's hopeful that the watch could make a difference.
According to Elmstrom, there used to be a neighborhood watch in Canton, but it became inactive.
At the Jan. 3 neighborhood watch meeting, speakers will include county commissioner Doug McLinko and police chief Seeley. The meeting will last about an hour.
Elmstrom said he would also be willing to help anyone in Troy start a watch.
For more information, call Elmstrom at (570) 673-8580.